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    S&W side plate removal question

    Ok, many posters have written that they will give their Smiths a good cleaning, including removing the side plate and hosing it down to remove all the crud build up inside. I remember reading many moons ago that you shouldn't attempt that, something about springing(?) the side plate and it was near impossible to get it back factory flush. Now I know enough not to use your basic Stanley flat head, and I also understand that that was written to keep the average "tinkerer" from abusing guns. I have a pretty good set of gun smith tools, flat ground screw drivers, etc. I'm no John Browning, but I do have basic skills. Part of me says go for it, and part of me says," remember when you tried to put that water filter in, and all that blood and the tetanus shot?" Input would be helpful. H8
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    S&W side plate removal question

    Like you said, use the right screwdrivers. The trick to getting the side plate off is tapping it with a rubber mallet or one of those non marring hammers. Let the vibrations do the work for you.


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    Get a set of these and you should not have any problems getting that old Pesky Side Plate Off:

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    Just kidding, remove the grips and the retaining screws from the side Plate, and gently, did I mention gently pry the plate up with a non-metallic pry bar. ( use a dowel rod). Everything will stay in place, clean out the old gunk and use some good gun oil. replace the side plate and tap it back in place with that same dowel rod before using the screws to force it in place.
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    "Get a set of these and you should not have any problems getting that old Pesky Side Plate Off"
    Proctologist tools?
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    After removing the grips and side plate screws, tap the butt of the gun a few times with a rubber mallet, leather mallet or brass hammer and the side plate will usually just pop up. Putting it back is sometimes a little difficult because it's a tight fit. What I do is get it lined up and gently tap it down with the handle of the hammer, assuming it's wood. If all you're going to do is clean, the only part that may fall out is the hammer block safety. If it does, and you don't remember how it goes, just google it. I just did, and a few pics came up.

    It's not all that hard. Just use a little common sense and you'll do fine.







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    I've had a few dozen apart, only had to gently pry off 1 or 2, tapping the grip frame w/ a brass hammer vibrated the rest loose. Remember the screws are not interchangeable & must go back in the holes they came out of. The transfer bar will likely fall out when the plate is removed, drop it back in & slide it all the way up to the top of the elongated hole or it will interfere w/ side plate replacement. When replacing it slip the top of the side plate in 1st then w/ thumb pressure ease the bottom back in. A tap w/ the brass hammer will snug it down. Replace & tighten the screws just like lug nuts, put them all in place then snug them in a circular pattern, snug but not so much as to stretch the threads. If you get in a bind give s a yell.
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    GREAT INFO!!!! Thanks guys.

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    Ah Carl, you found my Achilles heel. "It's not all that hard. Just use a little common sense and you'll do fine." H8
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    Hard8 ,

    Maybe you is the kinfolk my family used to talk about ............ in whispers .... kinda the black sheep , can't get nothin' right ?


    Actually even I have managed to get a few sideplates off AND back on without a problem .

    When preparing the sideplate for re-entry I always wet a Qtip w gun oil and rub the edges of the sideplate and the frame to
    make it a bit easier . Some of those suckers is darn resistant to going where they should .


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    [QUOTE=Injunbro;204001]. Remember the screws are not interchangeable & must go back in the holes they came out of. QUOTE]

    Yes to that!!!!!!!!
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